A perennial herb of the Brassicaceae family, horseradish is one of the cruciferous vegetables that provides a multitude of benefits for maintaining optimum health and treating illnesses. The roots have a tubular shape, usually with a skin that is beige in colour. Although both the leaves and roots are edible, the roots are more commonly used in cooking. The grated roots are sometimes preserved as prepared horseradish and are sold in cans and jars.
Nutritional Value of Horseradish
|Serving: 100 grams|
|Total Fat||0.7 g|
|Dietary Fibre||3.3 g|
Source: USDA Nutrient Database
What Makes Horseradish a Good Addition To Your Diet?
- More Vitamin C
Just a tablespoon of horseradish already gives you 6% of your daily vitamin C requirement (that’s to say, if you require a 2000-calorie diet). 6% may seem to be a small number, but if you realise that a tablespoon is equivalent to only 15 grams serving of horseradish, then you’d understand what a rich source of vitamin C horseradish is. And if you are to eat 100 grams of horseradish, that will already cover 41% of your daily vitamin C needs!
Vitamin C, as we all know, is vital in protecting our immune system and helping the body recover a lot quicker from sickness such as the common cold, flu, coughing, runny nose and sore throat. But apart from this, vitamin C is also an antioxidant that aids in preventing cell damage caused by free radicals.
- Reduces the Risk of Cancer Development
With the antioxidants working against the free radical damage, this can also inhibit the growth of cancerous cells. In addition, horseradish contains glucosinolates which are released when the horseradish is chopped, cut or chewed. Glucosinolates are currently being studied for its effect on cancer prevention, and so far, preliminary evidence suggests that these components may be effective in reducing the risk of cancer development.
- Helps Your Body Fight Bacterial Infections
If you have sinusitis, urinary tract infection, or other bacterial infections, then perhaps you’d want to consider making some horseradish salad for lunch. This is because horseradish has antibacterial properties that can help stop the growth of illness-causing bacteria in the body. Most of its antibiotic properties are attributed to the high concentrates of sulphur present in the plant material.
Adding Horseradish to Your Meal
Horseradish can be enjoyed in many ways – from the fresh roots or leaves, to the prepared horseradish sauce available in supermarkets. Although the processed products may have already been altered in some way, the benefits of consuming horseradish remains the same.
Another way to make the most of the benefits provided by horseradish is to consider horseradish health supplements, or those that contain horseradish as part of the main ingredient.
On the other hand, if you want to prepare some dishes on your own using horseradish products, here are some recipes you can try: